Reuters: BMW isn’t building car with Apple

Apple's CarPlay is only available on a few production vehicles (Photo: Apple)

The rumors surrounding Apple’s alleged interest in building an electric vehicle took another twist this week, when¬†German magazine auto, motor und sport reported that BMW and the California-based consumer electronics group are negotiating to possibly make BMW’s next i3 electric city vehicle an Apple car. BMW immediately denied the report to the Reuters news agency. […]

GM China vehicles to feature 4G telematics this year

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General Motors said a Cadillac brand model it will start selling this year in China will mark the beginning of its rollout of fast 4G telematics systems in the world’s biggest car market. The connectivity will be provided by China Mobile, the country’s largest wireless company The faster mobile communications will improve GM’s existing OnStar […]

Acquisition makes NTT 3rd largest European data center provider

NTT operates 130 data centers worldwide, including this one in Thailand(Photo: NTT)

NTT Communications is buying 86.7 pc of Germany’s e-shelter, propelling the Japanese company into third place among data center service providers in Europe. NTT Communications, a division of the NTT telecommunications group, said the acquisition of e-shelter lays the groundwork for further growth in Europe. “We look forward to expanding our share of the European […]

Opel launches OnStar in Europe as free service in first year

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Opel joined the race to be the best connected car brand in Geneva Tuesday, when it announced that General Motors’ OnStar connectivity suite will be available on all of its models starting this year. Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann said OnStar will be rolled out in 13 European markets by the middle of 2015, with other […]

VW’s Winterkorn welcomes Apple’s, Google’s interest in car industry

Winterkorn, seen here testing a new manufacturing tool, is an engineer by training (Photo: VW)

Volkswagen Group CEO Martin Winterkorn said plans by consumer electronics companies to get more actively involved in the car industry may have a positive effect on car sales to a younger generation of consumers. “I highly welcome the interest of Apple, Google and others in the automobile,” Winterkorn said on the eve of the Geneva […]

NXP, Freescale in semiconductor mega-merger

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Netherlands-based NXP has agreed to acquire Freescale, creating a mixed signal semiconductor group with combined annual revenue of more than 10 billion dlrs. The two companies said in a press release that the combined group, which will have a leading position in automotive semiconductor products, will be able to, over time, generate annual savings of […]

Ghosn says driverless cars at least 10 years away

Ghosn sees regulatory and cyber-security obstacles for driverless driving (Photo: Bloomberg)

It will be at least 10 years before fully autonomous cars will be sold on world markets, Renault and Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said Monday. “We’ll be going from more simple to more complex forms of autonomous driving,” Ghosn told Bloomberg television. “At the end of the journey we may end up with driverless cars, […]

Daimler still expects to join Google automotive alliance this year

Weber cites "intensive" discussion with Google over data privacy (Photo: Daimler)

Daimler expects to join Google’s¬†Open Automotive Alliance (OAA) this year, as discussions between the German premium car maker and the internet company over automotive data continue. “We will bring Google Auto into the car, ¬†but we are looking for an agreement that we can accept,” Daimler’s R&D boss, Thomas Weber, said in a recent interview. […]

MWC: BMW addresses in-car mobile reception problems

BMW says femtocell technology will reduce electro-magnetic radiation in the car (Photo: BMW)

BMW is addressing the problem of weak cellular reception in cars and is unveiling a “Vehicular Small Cell” research project at this week’s Mobile World Congress. The Munich-based premium car maker said it is working with specialist companies peiker acustic and Nash Technologies to reduce the signal-shielding effects that vehicle bodies can have on mobile […]

VW: Diess can take over as head of VW brand earlier

Diess (Photo: BMW)

BMW’s Herbert Diess will take over as head of the Volkswagen brand three months earlier than originally planned, following an agreement between Europe’s largest auto group and the Munich-based premium car maker. VW said Diess, formerly head of R&D at BMW, will take the helm at the VW brand July 1, rather than October¬†1, as […]